eleemosynary

[el-uh-mos-uh-ner-ee, -moz-, el-ee-uh-] /ˌɛl əˈmɒs əˌnɛr i, -ˈmɒz-, ˌɛl i ə-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
2.
derived from or provided by charity.
3.
dependent on or supported by charity:
"an eleemosynary educational institution."
Origin
1610–20; < Medieval Latin eleēmosynārius, equivalent to Late Latin eleēmosyn(a) (see alms) + Latin -ārius -ary
Related forms
noneleemosynary, adjective
uneleemosynary, adjective
Can be confused
eleemosynary, elementary (see synonym study at elementary)
Example Sentences for eleemosynary
Your question appears to arise out of some implied eleemosynary desire to lower the burdens of the government.
There are less eleemosynary reasons to chance a private loan.
British Dictionary definitions for eleemosynary
eleemosynary (ˌɛlɪiːˈmɒsɪnərɪ)
 
adj
1.  of, concerned with, or dependent on charity
2.  given as an act of charity
 
[C17: from Church Latin eleēmosynaalms]

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Word Origin and History for eleemosynary
eleemosynary
1620, from M.L. eleemosynarius "pertaining to alms," from L.L. eleemosyna "alms," from Gk. eleemosyne "pity" (see alms).
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